Jason Behrendorff out of Sussex’s Blast quarter-final with back injury

Sussex will go into their T20 Blast quarter-final against Worcestershire on Friday night with only one overseas player, after Jason Behrendorff was recalled by Western Australia following a back injury.

Behrendorff, who signed as a replacement overseas player due to Rashid Khan’s Afghanistan commitments, played only two games in the tournament, going wicketless against both Essex and Glamorgan.

He was a more direct replacement for Tymal Mills, the left-arm seamer, who was ruled out of the tournament in August, also with a back injury.

Behrendorff’s injury means that Sussex will go into Friday night’s game with Alex Carey as their only overseas player.

It is unlikely that Carey would be available for Finals Day if Sussex were to make it. His state, South Australia, begin their 50-over season against Queensland three days later, and it is expected that they will recall him to train before that game.

Rashid would also be missing due to a clash with Afghanistan’s T20I tri-series against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, meaning that if Sussex were to win on Friday night, they could well be without an overseas player.

Friday’s game sold out within 48 hours of going on sale, giving Sussex a seventh full house in eight Blast home games, and captain Luke Wright paid tribute to the club’s fans.

“The atmosphere at Hove this year has been the best I can remember for many seasons,” Wright said. “Even in my 15th season playing T20 at the ground, the cheers of Sharks fans never fail to send a tingle down the spine when walking out to the middle.”

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